Jose Ortega y Gasset: The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture, and Literature (Paperback – Revised Ed.); Edition on Lately writers have defined post-modernism in various ways, but they share in common the belief that the age of modernist art is over and that a. No work of Spanish philosopher and essayist Jose Ortega y Gasset has been more frequently cited, admired, or criticized than his defense of modernism, “The .

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He relates this to sociology and psychology, and would accept it with pleasure if, not to confuse things, it were referred to as such. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The poet augments the world, adding to the real, which is already there, an unreal aspect. It is an ingenuous error to believe that the present-day sterility in both fields is due to lack of personal talent. In his Meditations on Don Quixote, he also talked about Mediterranean man and Gothic man, and here I understood that difference even better.

An object of ineffable importance would be designated by another name. The title essay is a very interesting and measured analysis of the modernist and avant-garde tendency to turn its back on realism, reality and, eventually, humanity itself. It is a symptom of mental elegance to insist on clear distinctions.

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The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature

Bozal says that it’s much better to suspend any foundational agreement or disagreement, and let him unravel his thinking, and give us the wealth of his own questions, suggestions, and propositions. Poetry today is the higher algebra of metaphors.

Within the artist there goes on a constant battle, or at least a violent reaction, between his own original experiences and the art already created by others. To achieve this we can only deny our reality and by so doing set ourselves above it. josse

The idea, instead of functioning as the means to think an object with, is itself made the object and the aim of thinking. You are commenting using your WordPress. The I which you are, found itself with these physical or psychical things when it found itself alive. His perspectives on the development of western art is something worth considering, although his defense of where art should be headed may not rest well with readers who are uncomfortable with the notion of a dehumanized art.


Customers who bought this item also bought. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But the modem artist g us to contemplate an art that is a jest in itself. The soul, then, remains as much outside the I which you are, as the landscape remains outside your body. This would be to reduce art to mere cosmetics.

Art dealers hated modern art at jse, how could they sell this of this hodgepodge of abstractions and geometric patterns to their bourgeois customers? Denis Dutton – – Bloomsbury Press.

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It uses otherworldly patterns, stripes, geometric shapes etcetera, not the reality of space and time humans live in. Readers, listeners, and viewers were challenged by radically new forms and shapes, cut loose from the conventions of the realist and romantic art of the previous century. Personally I find this manner of philosophizing intriguing and valuable. One need not become too alarmed at this.

After thee, this is not a completely new theory. Especially liked the Goethe essay, but all worth reading. The Self and the Other – My favorite essay in the book.

Man and People Norton Library Paperback. It th to explore the unexplored and to depict the limits of the human imagination. After the War modern art, in both literary and visual forms, become the cutting edge of the backlash against the old order which had led the word towards war, a kind of transvaluation of the bourgeois values of the deeply Christian 19th century.

This is what serious people, gxsset attuned to the present, dehumanizatikn most difficult to understand in modem art. He has a seemingly limitless store of pithy observations and intriguing theories, but never builds these into a complete system.

The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature by José Ortega y Gasset

And, indeed, it can be clearly seen that history swings rhythmically from one to the other pole, at certain times stressing the masculine qualities, in others the feminine, at certain times exalting the spirit of youth and at others that of maturity. Modern art has become the standard art from in our modern world, a rejection of sensibilities has become the new norm. This initial rejection has however faded completely.


He has set himself resolutely to distort reality, break its human image, dehumanize it. Autumn Effect at Argenteuil, by Claude Monet. This has happened, for example, with the romantic and naturalistic novel and play.

I can assure you that reading Ortega is always a rewarding experience. But this splendour was a by-product. In his work, Ortega explains how the untrained eye, which is used to seeing only content in traditional paintings, must find a new approach to viewing the work of art. The matter will not be properly understood if it is not considered together with the state of art thirty years ago, indeed, throughout the past century.

You found yourself with a body, a soul, a character, as you found yourself with the capital which your parents left you, with the country in which you were born, and with the human society in which you move.

Only the form of the artwork has remained, the message itself has however been separated from it. Women and the elderly must for hhe period yield the government of life to the young men, and it is no wonder that the dehumxnization appears to be losing formality. Ortega, in contrast, maintains that modern art is not only by nature unpopular but anti-popular, since the ideals it embodies are antithetical to the opinions of the mass man.